About La Scala

Since our opening, La Scala has been dedicated to presenting a menu which balances the very best in traditional Italian cuisine and innovative specialties. We welcome you to stop in to experience our elegantly casual atmosphere accented perfectly with Chef Nino’s authentic and unforgettable creations.

La Scala features homemade pasta, an indoor bocce ball court, private event space and complimentary shuttle.

Ask about our Private Rooms available for special events, parties, and corporate meetings.

1012 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday : 4:30pm - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday : 4:30 pm - 11 pm,
Sunday : 2 pm - 10 pm

Happy Hour : Monday - Friday 4:30 - 7 pm, Sunday 3 pm - 8 pm

Cross Street:
S. Central/Exeter

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 783-9209

Website:
http://www.lascaladining.com/

Entertainment:
Home to Baltimore's only indoor bocce ball court! Available on a first-come first-serve basis for dinner customers. It can also be rented out for $100 an hour.

Catering:
Off-site catering is available for pickup or delivery, both lunch and dinner. Please contact a manager for details.

Parking Details:
We offer valet 7 nights a week. Cost is $8 per car. Street parking is also available for 3 hours, and the Little Italy Parking Garage is just around the corner.

Public Transit:
We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from all downtown hotels.

Executive Chef:
Nino Germano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
- Happy Hour - Mon-Fri 4:30 - 7 and Sun 3-8. Try our new MEXITALIAN menu!
- Wine dinners throughout the year.

Send your email and home address so we can update you on all of our upcoming events.

Private Dining

La Scala offers private rooms that seat anywhere from 14 - 180 guests. Whatever your event may be, we can assure you that our wonderful team will make it memorable!

La Scala Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Authentic (57)
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Romantic (52)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Notable Wine List (48)
Worth the Drive (46)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Good for Groups (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Business Meals (28)
Cozy (27)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fun (18)
Casual (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 21 hours ago

Can't say enough about the wonderful evening we had. Reserving the shuttle removed the hassle of parking and traffic; the wait staff were perfectly friendly and attentive; the interior is beautiful; and the food was delicious. My fiance and I went for a romantic dinner and found La Scala to be perfect for just that. It was Valentine's weekend and saw a number of other couples - but clearly it is a popular choice for large groups and friends as well. There is even a bocce ball court on the ground floor! But our romantic night was removed from that, so although the noise was a bit more than expected it was just the right level for my partner and I to enjoy conversation without either whispering or yelling.

I am not an expert on Italian food, but both our meals and our appetizer were great. The stand out though was the cream puff dessert. It comes in a sort of mousse/airy pudding that is some of the best chocolate I've ever tasted. I highly recommend if you like chocolatey or creamy desserts.

Recommending La Scala to friends, without hesitation.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

We visit La Scala several times a year and always have an exceptional experience. Delish food and wonderful service. Thank you!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was phenomenal

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Alfredo, our terrific waiter, took great care of us
Requests were handled efficiently and the whole experience was seamless, professional, yet with that little extra warmth that makes a really outstanding meal.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, out of this world. A great atmosphere and attentive and helpful servers. My water was never more than half empty! A bit expensive for the Everyman but very much worth it for a special occasion

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

La scala did not disappoint! We had fours courses and each one was built on the one before. The Filet with peppercorns in a brown sauce literally melted as you ate it. The fresh pressed olive oil and bread to start the meal cleansed the pallet nicely.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service...great experience!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our first time at LaScale. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating to my dining restrictions. The food was delicious and the atmosphere and staff were lovely.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Took my wife here for Valentine's Day. Great food and service. Would definitely eat her again. You must try the signature char-grilled caesar salad and cannolis.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner. Veal with crab and shrimp in a cream sauce. Melted mozzarella on top. Perfectly cooked filet. Garlicky green beans. Warm bread. Pricey but worth it!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

Had a wonderful time

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·Dined 7 days ago

Diner was fantastic! Homemade pasta, beef ragu! Too die for! Great wine! Can't wait to go back!!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Easily one of the best restaurants I've had occasion to dine in. And - outside of Italy - the best southern Italian cuisine I've ever had. Unforgettable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Chose this restaurant because of its high rating but the food was just average and our waiter was very inattentive

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Loved out waiter!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is our second time at La Scala and again it was wonderful.. I requested a quiet table and we were again shown the same lovely quiet table upstairs. The food was delicious, we both had veal dishes along with the mushroom appetizer. Unfortunately the meal was so filling that we did not have room to enjoy their delicious sounding desserts. The wait staff was very attentive. A real gem and a short walk from our hotel- The Hyatt Harbor Place. We -my wife and I-highly recommend it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

For my husband's birthday, we decided to try La Scala as it was one of the Little Italy venues we had not visited before. The ambiance is very nice, we were upstairs where there are murals and other nice touches of Italy. They had a birthday card waiting for him (nice touch) and also brought his dessert with a candle ... and thankfully, no singing! The service was wonderful. They even have a bocce court (no one was playing) downstairs.

The main issue: the food was underwhelming and inconsistent. My crab and artichoke appetizer was so-so, nice fresh lump crabmeat, paired with canned artichoke hearts that had a metallic taste in an overly powerful lemon caper sauce. My husband had the "polenta with cognac mushroom" appetizer and some slices of polenta were slightly scorched and the sauce was bland. Their bread (both regular and garlic) was wonderful.

Then, main courses. My husband had the osso bucco special and really raved about it. It wasn't as heavy as some places and was served over linguini. I had the veal saltimbocca and, again, the sauce was the flaw. The veal was plentiful and tender, sage was fresh, and the prosciutto and cheese were top quality. But the sauce was also bland and seemed to be thickened with corn starch, no buttery mouth feel at all. The side pasta was fine.

Dessert: My husband's tiramisu was very good. Cannoli is made "differently" (the waiter explained) and doesn't have ricotta. I tried the hazelnut flavor and while the filing was tasty (not like cannoli, however), the shell was a bit stale so I left that largely behind.

In summary, while this was a pleasant place to spend a birthday, with so many restaurants in Little Italy, it will be a while before we cycle back here. But the people are REALLY nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

From the warm greeting at the door to the very elegant service we received, our visit was delightful. The food was just delicious. We started with a lovely cheese plate and continued with our entrees. It all sounded so delicious we decided to each order an entree and then we divided them into thirds=plenty for everyone with some to take home. The pasta is light with perfect texture and the other dishes were cooked to perfection. We ended our meal with the profiteroles and they too were divine.
The only drawback was that noise from the bocci lane. There was a party below us and they were having a great time but the noise definitely ended our meal a bit early.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 4, 2018

La Scala consistently has great food, service, and ambiance. We have celebrated many happy occasions there and have never been disappointed.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was quite good and indicative of classic Tuscan fare. The service, however, was not good. We waited 10 minutes after arriving to meet our server. Appetizers and wine came in a reasonable time, and then there was a 40 min wait for the entrees. Waters were refilled, but we did not hear from our server why there was a delay. The dinner was 2 hours long and we had to take our food in a carry-out bag so that we could make our show. I do not recommend La Scala for an evening out because the slow and unresponsive service made us frustrated.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was probably one of the best Italian restaurants which I have dined. The food was exceptional, as was the service. I highly recommend the New York strip Al’s way, the grilled Caesar salad, and the shrimp toast. Very nice wine list and truly enjoyed the Chianti.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Had a great time. Food was excellent along with the service ... a professional wait staff makes a huge difference. Will definitely go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great find based on ratings online. Went with a few work colleagues while I was in town visiting. Would definitely go again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great dining experience. Food always fresh and delicious!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

The restaurant was excellent from the time we got there food was excellent and waiter was great chef nino prepared our food unbelievable

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Simply the best Italian food in Baltimore hands down and I have been going to little Italy since I was 6!

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious food and great, attentive service. Thank you again for a wonderful evening!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

everything was fantastic. 1st class all the way, for a very reasonable price!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wait staff friendly and attentive. Relaxing atmosphere. Delicious food. Tiramisu is the best I've had in the States. If it wasn't $10/piece, I'd buy extra to take back home to freeze. Thank you for a wonderful experience in Little Italy, Baltimore!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a wonderful dinner with great recommendations from or server. Thanks !! We will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Had a great dinner, had great service, nice place...eat the warm Cesar salad

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved the Veal Raffaela! The Paccheri pasta for appetizer leaves you wanting more.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice and the service was excellent

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We return annually to La Scala to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and they always make it a memorable dining experience. The wait staff are very attentive, knowledgeable and personable. And the food; well, it never disappoints.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a reservation for 6:15 and were not seated until 6:40. Sat in a high traffic area right beside the bussing station. Food was good but poor presentation. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent
The food was wonderful and the service was superb

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was amazing. I’m a sucker for homemade pasta. Our server was extremely knowledgeable & helpful. The chef & manager both came to check on us, which i appreciated.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I always enjoy dining at La Scala! The ambiance is always great, the food is absolutely delicious, and the restaurant allows for intimate conversation amongst partners and friends alike. We recently celebarated a friend’s birthday at the restaurant, with a decent sized group. The staff was very attentive and helpful, meeting the needs of our entire party and leaving everyone with a sense of joy and satisfaction.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Place is beautiful but food is just ok. I am Italian so I have high standards. I had a gift card so i gave it a try but i have other local favorites that i would pick before this one. Service also was great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Antonio, our server was amazing. From start to finish, it was an amazing experience. Be sure to save room for the desserts!

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